Colleen Pyra, Director of Business Development for Angel MedFlight Named Chair for City of Phoenix Women's Commission

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Colleen Pyra is the new Chair of the Women’s Commission for the City of Phoenix. Announced last night at the City of Phoenix City Council meeting, Pyra was honored to accept the position after dedicating more than 12 years of her life fighting for social justice and women’s rights.

“I’ve always had a passion for effecting change on a grander scale, and there is no better fight than the one for women’s rights.”

Fighting for women's issues, Angel MedFlight's Colleen Pyra is ready to accept the challenge as Chair for the City of Phoenix Women's Commission. Working on topics like domestic violence awareness, equal pay for women and education are a few of the Commission's top priorities for 2013.

Announced last night at the City of Phoenix City Council meeting, Pyra was honored to accept the position after dedicating more than 12 years of her life fighting for social justice and women’s rights. On her appointment, Pyra says, “The work that the commission does is vital to bridging the gap between government and the private sector. As Chair, I'm committed to seeing that women in the community have a voice. That we stand we stand up for equality and justice - even in the face of adversity.”

With women’s issues so prominent in the media, Colleen Pyra is an excellent resource as an expert in women’s issues such as:
-Equal pay in the workplace
-Domestic violence during the holidays / Domestic violence awareness
-Effects of domestic violence on children / Teen dating violence
-Stats and figure of domestic violence issues (i.e., the current turn-away rate at women’s shelters is 50%, every 3rd day someone dies from domestic violence)
-Drug prevention and education

To schedule an interview with Colleen Pyra, contact Jennifer Vogel (480) 559-6841.

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About the Phoenix Women’s Commission:
The Phoenix Women's Commission provides advocacy, leadership and support on issues facing women of all ages to enhance their quality of life. The commission promotes the participation of women in civic and public affairs and advises the mayor and City Council on women's issues.
Commissioners are appointed by the mayor following formal approval by the Phoenix City Council. Once approved by the City Council, commissioners serve a term of up to three years. Members are expected to attend monthly commission meetings and any committee meetings that they may participate in.

Colleen Pyra’s Biography:
As Director of Business Development for Angel MedFlight, Colleen Pyra oversees all marketing, public relations, outreach, and philanthropy efforts. Through cross promotional work, Angel MedFlight connects with people who are in need of air ambulance transportation, whether they are a family seeking support or a case manager with a patient to transport.

Prior to coming to Angel MedFlight, Colleen spent 12 years working in the nonprofit sector both internationally and in the Phoenix area. She has had the honor of working on various efforts such as domestic violence awareness, prevention of homelessness and hunger, drug prevention education, and promotion of physical fitness. You may have seen Colleen featured as the “push-up queen” on ABC 15’s Sonoran Living.

Colleen’s roots are grounded in Minnesota where she grew up on a small farm, but she eventually landed in Arizona. Colleen graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Public Relations. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys relaxing with her miniature schnauzer “Captain” and getting together those who mean the most to her.

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance
Angel MedFlight coordinates domestic and international air medical transportation services, commercial medical escorts, ground ambulance services and provides discretionary insurance benefit assistance. Angel MedFlight’s One Touch Promise® assures every detail is handled and all resources are committed to guide the process from start to finish with a compassionate team of experts in the fields of medicine, aviation, insurance law and case management.

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